Germany Celebrations on the 31st anniversary of the reunification of the Democratic Republic of (East Germany) and the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) were held this year in Halle, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt.
The celebrations held at the Georg-Friedrich-Haendel Hall in Halle were attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, ministers, state premiers, deputies and heads of legislative bodies.
Chancellor Merkel, who will continue her duty until the new government is formed after the election last week, called on the people to make efforts for democracy and said, “Democracy needs us as we need democracy. Democracy does not just stop there. We have to work together every day for that. ” said.
Pointing out that there are attacks on high values such as freedom of the press, and that hatred and disinformation are fueled by the public, Merkel said, “Not only individuals or groups are slandered here, people are not attacked here only because of their origin, appearance or belief, but democracy is attacked here.” he said.
Expressing that people should show more respect to each other in their behavior, Merkel called for protecting democracy.
Merkel, requesting that democratic gains not be underestimated, said: “Diversity and differences are not threats to democracy. On the contrary, diversity and differences are an expression of lived freedom.” made its assessment.
In addition to the celebrations held in Halle on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the reunification of the two Germanys, events were also held in other cities of the country.
. (HAS) is published on the Anadolu Agency website, in summary. ..